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Inspiring digital creativity - computational thinking as basic education in every school

CoolThink@JC - Computational Thinking Education for All

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CoolThink@JC is a large scale Computational Thinking education program in Hong Kong since 2016, donated and created by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Its mission is to inspire digital creativity, nurture students' proactive use of technologies for social good from a young age and mainstream CT as basic education for everyone.
Paul Yau, Charities Project Manager
Inspiring digital creativity, nurture proactive use of technology for social good from a young age, mainstream CT education in formal school curriculum, CT as basic education for every student

Paul Yau, Charities Project Manager

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Target Group
110 000
Children/Users
5
Countries
2016
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Not-for-profit
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Updated on September 30th, 2021
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Why did you create this innovation?

We saw the critical need for modern curriculum, a basic education for every student to master 21st centaury skills and narrow the digital divide. Our mission is to inspire digital creativity, nurture students' proactive use of technologies for social good from a young age and advocating mainstream Computational Thinking education in formal curriculum for every student.

How does your innovation work in practice?

CoolThink@JC is an impactful large scale Computational Thinking education program in Hong Kong, a US$67 million funding project donated and created by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust since 2016. We convene the government, renowned educators, local and global institutions to systematically transform our technology education ecosystem with modern curriculum innovation and teacher capacity building. We push policy refresh to mandate CT education in school system, and our program has reached over 80% of schools (400 schools) in Hong Kong and our curriculum has reached to USA, New Zealand and Dubai.
CoolThink@JC is innovative for its vision and thought leadership in taking “Computational Thinking” on the center stage as the brand and priority to drive local and international adoption with a successful evidenced-proven implementation model for the world. We founded the first International Conference on Computational Thinking Education since 2017.

How has it been spreading?

We started a four-year pilot in 32 schools to prove our model works. Stanford Research Institute conducted a rigorous 3-year evaluation for the project and concluded that CoolThink students significantly outperformed their peers in other schools. We continued our phase 2 program in 2020 to scale out our impact. As of Sep 2021, we has reached 400 schools (~80% of total primary schools in HK) in 2021, half of them are teaching CT in their formal computing lesson in school. We have supported 16,500 students in 2016 to over 110,000 students in 2021. Our curriculum received ISTE Seal of Alignment Student Standard with full score in Computational Thinking and Innovative Designer category. We will continue to spread our program and curriculum to different regions.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

If you want try out our curriculum and learning materials, please register here: https://www.coolthink.hk/en/curriculum-for-all/

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CoolThink@JC Case Study – Spurring Change in Hong Kong Classrooms
In early 2016, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust took a proactive approach by funding a four-year, HK$216 million pilot project, CoolThink@JC, to introduce computational thinking into a broad sample of schools citywide at upper primary level and thus provide a body of evidence and experience to stimulate longer-term discussion and reform. The Trust believes that the lessons it has learned as not only a funder of the project, but also a proactive steward of it, can provide policymakers, community leaders and other philanthropists with some useful insights on how to design and manage a project of this ambition and scale. This case study is therefore intended to share the Trust’s learning from the initiative.https://www.coolthink.hk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/CoolThink_Case-Study_202012.pdf 
CoolThink@JC Pilot Independent Evaluation Report by SRI
Stanford Research Institute (SRI) has conducted a rigorous 3-year evaluation of the CoolThink pilot project between 2016 and 2019 and the progress made by its students. The report describes outcomes of the initiative for students, as well as the experiences of teachers and other participants, and offers a set of implications for other stakeholders who wish to build on the pilot’s successes and lessons.
Students showcase their digital creativity in the CoolThink@JC Competition 2021
Created and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, and co-created by The Education University of Hong Kong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and City University of Hong Kong, CoolThink@JC organised its 5th annual Competition. It has attracted more than 200 teams across different primary schools, the highest participation number ever. Besides showcasing their clever computational thinking, programming prowess, problem-solving skills, and teamwork, students also impressed the judges by incorporating artificial intelligence in their designs.

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August 2021
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
August 2021
ISTE Seal of Alignment
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Get access to CoolThink curriculum
We are opening our curriculum to all educators in the world as long as it's not for profit making.
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Download curriculum from MIT App Inventor
Based on the Coolthink@JC curriculum, these 10 units comprise approximately 50 hours of content. Students learn to think computationally, while making mobile apps with MIT App Inventor.
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